Section 1: Film Industry

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What is it like working in the film industry?

 The industry is very competitive and knowing people who work within can be very useful as they know who is trustworthy, hard-working and who can benefit in the production company, certain strengths within individuals can be recognised as well which may be to some use. It can be difficult to find work in the film industry after finishing education as experience is required although 55% of young people achieve this, even starting as a runner is a start. It’s difficult and can be time consuming but very rewarding once final cuts are finished.

Give 10 examples of qualities you need to work in the film industry

  1. To be organised – organisation is key, especially as a director or 1st It’s their job to make sure that the actors are in the correct place at the right time, to keep the crew and set under control and to make sure filming doesn’t run over time. Organising: documentations for permissions to shoot, call sheets, locations to film and hiring actors who are reliable is all very important and if these are not organised properly, things may go wrong, and the filming may fall behind schedule.
  2. Be firm – making friends with the crew is not the priority of someone like an AD, the crew and actors will not take this person seriously if they are too lenient with what happens on set, this keeps everyone focussed on the shoot and encourages everyone to finish on time.
  3. Having respect for crew – being polite is important as well as being firm, this gains the respect of people on set and can help to get shoots completed.
  4. To network – being sociable will help to get to know people in the industry and possible lead to getting involved in newer, bigger projects and changing roles into a more important one. (from a runner to an assistant)
  5. To be punctual – late crew members cannot be trusted, and the job could be lost due to this. Everyone on set must be on time to every shoot to get the project finished on time.
  6. Communication – crew members must have strong communication skills to know how the scene is going to be formatted and to make sure things are no repeated or missed out.
  7. To be open minded – the ability to change ideas to certain things can work in different way to make it easier to shoot or so something isn’t as time consuming. There may be a more creative way of doing a scene.
  8. Handling pressure – being able to work under pressure, keeping calm and having an alternative can be difficult, especially when the crew needs to stay professional and make sure the actors are not concerned or stressed as it could affect their performance.
  9. Motivation – having a scene of positivity and ambition can keep the crew happy and can bring out an actor’s best performance.
  10. Staying alert – the job can be tiring but staying alert is preferred than missing a detail and not giving the best performance.

***The links below may help if you need more info after your masterclass with Rupert:

Useful for job roles and progression as well as information about the industry

Good introduction to working in the industry

Further articles:
10 commandments of film making
Seven arts of working in film
Essential personal traits of filmmakers
Top 10 qualities of a great filmmaker


Why is time management important in the film industry? 

  • Time management is important as it helps a shoot to run smoother and creates a stress-free environment for the crew to work with positive mind sets.
  • Punctuality is important as it can cost for use of certain locations and actors to be used. It also proves that you can trust worthy and dedicated to the job when the crew turn up on time.
  • Planning and taking time to check that all scenes have been filmed and that everyone is happy with what has been done is crucial as some things may change on the day of shooting as the director may not like the look of a certain set or lighting so giving extra time for alterations to be made is important.


Give at least 4 examples of good time management skills

  • Plan ahead – consider things which could delay filming time, so shooting doesn’t overrun.
  • Having actors on call so a day of filming isn’t wasted if an actor is unable to arrive on set on a certain day.
  • Make a timetable of what needs to be completed and when it needs to be finished by, stick to it so nothing is missed and so nothing is repeated.
  • Prioritises the jobs so the most important ones are finished first, this gives time to complete it properly, so the smaller jobs can be done quickly.

***please upload the call sheets for your two shoots, and any other production documentation (schedules etc)

BFI Academy CALLSHEET The End 26 Oct


Describe the key aspects of health and safety when working on film productions 

Health and safety of crew members and especially guests or actors must be taken into careful consideration. A film studio is supposed to be a lively environment and worrying about the safety of everyone on set will make the atmosphere very dull. It will limit the creativity if health and safety was thought about for everything.

Describe at least 3 health and safety considerations for your own film

  • Creating a risk assessment stating the risk, the consequences and solutions to that issue is helpful for the crew to know what to do and how to resolve a problem if it occurs. Having copies of the risk assessment is various departments (sound, camera and lighting crew, directors) could be useful to save looking for one in case of an emergency, it’s also a time saver if the crew is on a tight schedule.
  • Looking after your own equipment, for example: the sound crew have lots of cables and electricals to consider when shooting. The boom operator and sound mixer need to make sure the cables are altogether, tidy and taped up when they aren’t in use. When shooting, it’s important to tape the cables to the floor so no one trips over them as it could cause other equipment to be broken if its knocked over and to inform the crew around the sound equipment to take careful when walking around set.
  • To ensure the crew is wearing suitable clothing whilst on set, this includes: flat shoes, so no open toe shoes. If anything is dropped it won’t be damaging the skin itself and will cause a smaller amount of damage. Wearing something which fits properly, this saves the clothing to get caught on parts of equipment and prevents its breaking.
  • Having food and drink on set isn’t ideal as if it is dropped, it can be a slipping hazard, equipment being carried could be broken if its damaged due to being dropped by someone slipping over. All spillages are to be cleaned up to save this from happening as everything on set is expensive (including actors) and every film has a budget and money being spent on equipment being replaced isn’t ideal when the budget needs to cover everything used on set.
  • Props like candles being lit for continuity reasons might become a hazard if they aren’t blown out before everyone leaves the set for breaks or lunch.

***please upload the risk assessments for both your shoots

BFI Academy Risk Assessment SPAGHETTI 29 Oct
BFI Academy Risk Assessment THE END 26 Oct

1.4 & 1.5 

***please summarise or upload the copyright information you learned in your first editing class with Tom

Why does copyright law exist?

Certain videos or audio is owned, and you’ll need to use copyright work to get permission to use them. The process can be expensive and take a lot of time, especially when it’s for a film. The law gives the creator of something artistic, musical or drama the right to use their work in the ways they wish to use it.

What kind of work is covered by copyright?

 The laws protect any work from poetry, scripts, art pieces to soundtracks, videos and music video footage. The owner must agree for their work to be used in ways which aren’t they own, if they don’t allow their work to be used for someone else’s work and its used anyway, that’s breaking the copyright laws.

What might happen if you were to use copyrighted material in your film?

All permissions are needed from all copyright owners and to quote the original authors name in the credits of the film would be beneficial and appreciated by the owner.

How can you make sure not to infringe copyright law in your film?

To avoid infringement, similarities mustn’t be seen if something is used without permission. Permissions can be denied. In film, the personality or names of characters can be similar to people in real life, creators must file for permissions if they want to use a character who reminds the audience of a celebrity image.

How has copyright law affected your film production?

The laws affect the film as soundtracks or other pieces of footage may be used to support or explain further about a segment in the film. The script has to be looked over to ensure that the storyline doesn’t involved any traits of other narratives or real-life events.

***You might also find the following links useful to complete this section: 

One thought on “Section 1: Film Industry”

  1. Good work here Ashleigh – it would have been good to get a little more specific detail in the copyright section, but you’ve successfully completed section 1!

    Please remember to upload your shoot documentation, particularly call sheets, schedules, risk assessments


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